• Kick-off to North Carolina TechVoice Chapter Features Federal and State Policy Forecast for 2013

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | January 15, 2013
    On January 11th, CompTIA partnered with the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) to launch our third TechVoice chapter. About 60 technology executives attended a breakfast gathering and panel discussion in Durham, NC featuring Congressman David Price (D-NC), State Representative Marilyn Avila (R), information technology attorney Ed Turlington and myself. NCTA President and CEO Brooks Raiford moderated. With 2012 elections now completed and the fiscal cliff averted for now, the conversati ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Top 5 Solution Provider Opportunities for 2013

    by Brian Sherman  | January 03, 2013
    While many may not have switched their calendars yet, 2013 is officially here. Before all the New Year’s resolutions have either been forgotten or broken, make sure to take time to review what went well in 2012 and what needs to change to make the next year more successful. What challenges and opportunities do you foresee? In reviewing a similar blog post I wrote around this same time last year, it’s interesting to note the similarities between 2012 and 2013. While technology conti ...
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  • Key tech policy issues for 2013 predicted; Entrepreneurs and investors lob

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | December 19, 2012
    Heading into 2013, three key tech policy issues to watch will be immigration, online sales taxes and cybersecurity, said Politico. While Congressional leaders debate the merits of allowing more students with advanced degrees to stay in the U.S., they will also be taking a closer look at online tax laws for companies of all sizes and coming to terms on cybersecurity legislation to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure.While small business advocacy groups have been pleading with Congress to ...
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  • White House protects R&D; Obama’s tax plan criticized; Cybersecurity made top priority

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | December 12, 2012
    President Barack Obama and his administration are attempting to protect billions of dollars in R&D aid from sweeping budget cuts, said Politico Pro. In addition to meeting with recipients of R&D aid in the science and technology sectors, Obama said in a Twitter live chat last week that the administration is looking to defend its aid budget while offering cuts from alternative areas.The Obama administration’s proposal to tax high income earners would hit about 940,000 people who report bu ...
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  • Serious gaps remain between cyber concerns, investments; Contractors move to save cybersecurity funding; House to consider limited GOP immigration bill

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | November 28, 2012
    CompTIA’s 10th Annual Information Security Trends study reviews how the use of mobile devices and technologies such as cloud computing create opportunities as well as vulnerabilities, reports Federal Computer Week. Fifty-seven percent of respondents indicated their company has made at least moderate IT security changes to combat those threats over the past two years, while 10 percent indicated they’ve made drastic changes.Federal officials have hinted that the cybersecurity budget will be spared ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Are Your Customers Properly Protected on Cyber Monday?

    by Brian Sherman  | November 26, 2012
    On the Monday after Thanksgiving, also known as Cyber Monday, online retailers offer deep discounts to attract customers. The number of online transactions completed today may not top the brick-and-mortar retail sales of Black Friday, but that gap continues to close with each passing year. A growing number of consumers are choosing the Internet over the annual trek to the mall, preferring the comfort of shopping from their own home or office over the hustle and bustle of the mall and other store ...
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  • Small Business Owners Nervous About End of Bush-Era Tax Cuts; Obama Makes Cybersecurity a Top Priority; Presidential Candidates Agree Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs Good For U.S.

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | November 06, 2012
    Many small business owners have put off plans to hire and expand amid uncertainty around what they will face when several Bush-era tax cuts expire at year’s end, said USA Today. Although tax hikes appear to be a likely outcome, there are several legislative scenarios that could alter, minimize or even delay the tax hikes set to kick in this January.After warning that U.S. financial institutions will continue to be under constant cyber attack, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said tha ...
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  • Cybersecurity Bill Likely Dead; Tech Firms Stepped Up at Conventions; Obama Suggests ‘Secretary of Business’ in Second Term

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | October 30, 2012
    Passing of new cybersecurity legislation may have to wait until next year. Tech and telecom companies stepped up networking efforts at both national conventions. Obama plans to appoint a secretary of business.The passing of new cybersecurity legislation to protect our nation’s critical infrastructure may have to wait until next year, said The Hill. Even though Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Congress to act swiftly and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he is planning to bring the issue to the ...
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  • We Want You to Contribute to CompTIA’s Workforce Development Public Policy

    by Randi Parker  | October 19, 2012
    The CompTIA Public Advocacy team wants your input and is forming a working group within CompTIA membership that will focus on workforce development issues.  With a new Congress coming in to town in a few months, we will have an opportunity to solidify our standing as a leader on this issue and there will be a lot for the working group to do!You should join this group if you are interested in the following areas:Cybersecurity Workforce: There is a great deal of collaboration that can be done with ...
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  • Romney Makes Inroads in Silicon Valley; Cybersecurity and Online Sales Tax Legislation Pending

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | October 09, 2012
    Obama and Romney face engaged technology industry. Executive order on cybersecurity by Obama predicted. Bills that would impose sales taxes on online goods and services debated in Congress.Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are facing a technology industry that is more politically and financially engaged in the election this year than in elections past, says the New York Times. While both parties have combined to raise more money from tech donors than in 2008, Romney has fared ...
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